Shao Kao

Shao Kao
(near Maginhawa)

Beloved and I had lunch at Shao Kao Grillery the day after visiting Cow Wow, more than a month ago (yes, delayed because of my Sendai/Japan Odyssey). This semi-open place serves grilled foods, and, based on its name, still be somehow Chinese. I’ve already happened to pass by this place a lot of times already, but never dared to try it. After learning that it’s got quite favorable reviews, including a recommendation from MIL, we decied to try it out.

The Alley

The Alley
(UP Town Center)

Beloved and I celebrated my birthday at The Alley about a month ago. It has been tradition for us to eat at a buffet restaurant each year that offers a free seat on one’s birthday with one paying adult, just like we did at Four Seasons on Beloved’s birthday this year. The Alley is from the same Vikings group of restaurants that basically allows you to “eat like a viking”. The twist on this place after the cut.

Marugame Udon

Marugame Udon
(Bonifacio High Street)

A bit more than a month ago, Beloved and I had late lunch at Marugame Udon. Beloved had already set in mind to eat here after learning of its existence and regretting we didn’t the last time we went to BGC, since it’s quite a rare occasion that we do. Luckily, she had an event to attend at nearby SM Aura, so we had an excuse to try it out.

Rico's Lechon

Rico's Lechon
(Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City)

Beloved and I had lunch a day before my birthday at Rico’s Lechon. I was excited to learn that they finally have opened a branch here in Manila after experiencing it firsthand in Cebu. While I wasn’t able to chronicle that experience in this blog, I can safely say that it was the best all-around lechon experience I’ve had in the country.

Cheesecake Etc.

Cheesecake Etc.
(near Banawe)

After going to Shuin, Beloved and I had dessert at Cheesecake Etc. Located right across the aforementioned place, Beloved already did some research and managed to convince me to try it since one of their cheesecakes sounded interesting. Oh, and this place serves cheesecakes. Surprising, eh?

Shuin

Shuin
(near Banawe)

A couple of days before my birthday a couple of weeks ago, Beloved and I had dinner at Shuin. This Chinese/Taiwanese restaurant is located near the most Chinese-centric street of Quezon City, Banawe. We never ate here before becuse Beloved cannot find it, but she has heard of it and wanted to go. Since she now has that information, she convinced me to try it out. While not in Banawe itself, it’s just a very short walk when you reach its intersection with Maria Clara Street.

Sisig Society

Sisig Society
(Ali Mall, Cubao)

A couple of days before my flight to Japan, Beloved and I passed by Ali Mall to exchange some Yen. Unfortunately, we learned that the pawnshop that used to sell Yen no longer does it (I went to Sanry’s in Trinoma the next day; they offer very good rates). Anyway, hungry, we decided to eat in one of the new places in old Ali Mall, Sisig Society.

Cow Wow

Cow Wow
(UST)

Me, Beloved, and a couple of her friends ate at Cow Wow more than a month ago. Yes, it’s that long ago because my past couple of weeks were taken up by my Sendai/Japan Food Odyssey. Since it’s rare for them to pass by their alma mater, they wanted to go to Santorini—perhaps their favorite place during their college days. Unfortunately, it’s full with a queue, so we opted for this place instead, which, according to them, was also a place they used to eat at.

Sonsoo Bansang

Sonsoo Bansang
(Incheon Airport, Korea)

This is a part of my Sendai, Japan trip. If you want to have an overview of my entire Japan “Food Odyssey”, I suggest you start with my 7-Eleven review and follow the different links from there.

Although I was not in Japan anymore, the cheapest flight to and from Sendai goes through Incheon Airport in Korea. On my way to Sendai, I had a three-hour layover and managed to explore the Airport, at least a small part of it. Incheon Airport is huge! It’s also the most amazing airport I’ve been to, with free resting areas with beds, free fast wifi, and even free shower. However, I noticed it’s quite expensive also, in both its souvenirs and food. On my way back, though, I was provided emergency funds to ensure I was well-fed and can safely reach home, so I had enough to try out one of the food places there. I opted to try one of the two Korean-specialty food places in its food court (at least the one closest to my gate), Sonsoo Bansang.

Route Inn Hotel

Route Inn Hotel
(Natori, Japan)

This is a part of my Sendai, Japan trip. If you want to have an overview of my entire Japan “Food Odyssey”, I suggest you start with my 7-Eleven review and follow the different links from there.

Since I got stranded for one night due to the typhoon in Japan, I needed to stay at Route Inn Hotel in Natori, the city where Sendai International Airport was located. It was only accessible by taxi if you have a lot of luggage with you, which, unfortunately, costs quite a lot, over 2000 Jpy one way. The hotel stay itself cost over 8,600 Jpy, including the booking fee by the tourist information concierge.